PFI decision could delay projects

The government's decision to stop funding future IT projects by the Private Finance Initiative could cause delays for new...

The government's decision to stop funding future IT projects by the Private Finance Initiative could cause delays for new schemes, an expert has warned.

Officials will draw up a list of alternatives for PFI IT projects over the summer, and a set of guidelines will be published later in the year. But they have advised organisations in the early stages of considering a PFI IT project to wait for guidance.

Martin Sexton, director of systems integration specialist London Market Systems, said, "The current situation where IT PFI has been all but discredited, and the delay in having an alternative 'best practice' guideline in place, could result in projects being put on hold, staff being left in limbo and suppliers reluctant to agree terms." However, he expects the government's guidance to eliminate the flaws in PFI IT.

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